I've been a care worker for a number of years, as well as a team leader and support worker for people with all types of different healthcare needs. I felt I wanted to progress and had thought about becoming a nurse for several years, so I decided to go into adult nursing as I have more experience in this area. I knew that if I wanted to progress into another area I could gain extra qualifications.
I studied for the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care at the University of Sunderland, graduating in 2014, and really enjoyed it. I was able to climb higher in the care sector and become a senior member of staff leading a care team, but still felt I wasn't where I wanted to be. This was the reason for me returning to university to study the MNurse course. You need a lot of hours of academic work and care experience to get onto the course – luckily I gained this from my undergraduate degree and my previous jobs working in care homes and in the community. When I found out about the funding available, this gave me the opportunity to focus on the course full-time and not worry about my income.
I really enjoy the hands-on parts of the course – going on campus and taking part in practical sessions helps me to learn. I'm really looking forward to my placements so I can feel more involved in people’s care and gain the experience required.
If I was going to give any advice to prospective students looking to study this course at Sunderland I would say, go for it! It’s the best thing I ever did. Make sure you do your research so you know it's the course for you. I'm loving every minute of it.”
Published 3 November 2020